CA WATER COMMISSION: DWR’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Assessment looks at six categories of vulnerability: wildfire, extreme heat, sea level rise, long-term persistent hydrologic changes, short-term extreme hydrologic changes, and habitat and ecosystem services impacts In order to address the impacts of climate change on the state’s water resources, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has been developing its own comprehensive Climate Action Plan to guide how DWR […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Science-Based Regulatory Permitting for Resilient Tidal Habitat Restorations

The permitting of tidal restoration projects is most often a costly and time-consuming process, causing substantial delays in implementation while endangered and threatened species remain at risk. Given the accelerating nature of sea level rise, restoration of tidal habitats that are resilient to climate change should be implemented on a large scale and soon to have any chance of contributing […]

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DR. BRAD UDALL: Is the Colorado River in Crisis?

Dr. Udall discusses the Colorado River’s hydrology, climate change impacts, shortage risk, and the Drought Contingency Plan Dr. Brad Udall serves as senior water and climate research scientist at the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University. He has extensive experience in water and climate policy issues and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on water management and climate change which […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Restoration Planning for the Sacramento –San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh: Considering the Implications of Climate Change

The Delta Reform Act requires ‘taking into consideration the physical changes that have occurred in the past and the future impact of climate change and sea level rise’ for restoration planning. Re-establishment of tidal marsh is critical to restoring food web function and increasing the extent of habitat for fish and wildlife within the Delta and Suisun Marsh; however, land […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Climate change effects on the State Water Project and Central Valley Project

The latest climate change assessments show reduced Delta exports and carryover storage due to climate change likely by mid-century In the latter half of 2018, both the federal and state governments released new climate change assessments that outline the projected course of climate change and its potential effects on water resources.  Both federal and state assessments include chapters on water […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO Report: Assessing California’s Climate Policies—An Overview; CDFW Awards $4.2 Million for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Projects

LAO Report: Assessing California’s Climate Policies—An Overview From the Legislative Analyst’s Office: Chapter 135 of 2017 (AB 398, E. Garcia) requires our office to annually report on the economic impacts and benefits of California’s statutory greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals—statewide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. This report provides a conceptual […]

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DWR SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER PROGRAM NEWS: New climate change tools, Draft basin boundary modifications, and more …

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Office: NEW: Additional Climate Change Data Tools Now Available Three, new climate change tools are now available on the California Natural Resources Agency Open Data Platform to assist local agencies with groundwater planning. The tools are: ArcGIS tool designed to work with USGS MODFLOW models. ArcGIS tool designed to work with […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: EPA awards California $187 million for drinking water and wastewater projects; California, Washington and British Columbia join forces on forest health and climate change

EPA awards California $187 million for drinking water and wastewater projects From the US EPA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $187.3 million to California for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. “These funds will be used for 183 local projects that will boost the economy while improving water systems,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: New Climate Change Data Tools Available

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Office: Three, new climate change tools are now available on the California Natural Resources Agency Open Data Platform to assist local agencies with groundwater planning. The tools are: ArcGIS tool designed to work with USGS MODFLOW models. ArcGIS tool designed to work with Department of Water Resources IWFM models. Second Order […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Drought, climate change, and restoration resiliency

John Durand looks at the effects of the 2012-2016 drought on the Delta from the environmental, economic, and stakeholder perspectives The 2012-2016 drought is one for the records in that, while not necessarily the driest or the longest for California since the state has been keeping records, it was the hottest drought with many scientists saying that we can expect […]

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